Military Science

Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) is one of the best leadership courses in the country and is part of Indiana University Northwest’s curriculum. During classes, leadership labs, physical training and field training exercises, you will learn firsthand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups, and conduct missions as an Officer in the Army. Upon graduation from Army ROTC, you will earn the bar of a Second Lieutenant and be commissioned into the Active Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard and become a leader for life.

The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps strives to be the premier leader development program in the world. Army ROTC produces 75% of all Army officers and has produced 500,000 lieutenants since its founding in 1916.

In addition, Army ROTC is a college elective you can try out for up to two years with no obligation. Unlike traditional college programs, Army ROTC gives you a wide range of experiences while you work toward a degree. You'll combine classroom time with hands-on experience, learning skills that will give you an edge over your peers when it comes time to look for a job. Whether you're planning a career in the Army or the corporate world, Army ROTC is a smart elective course to take.

Whether you're in high school, college, or already in the Army, you can become an officer in today's Army. It's an experience that you can't get anywhere else, and your leadership skills will be challenged every day.

Information concerning admission, scholarships, and commitment requirements for this program can be obtained by contacting the Military Science Department on the campus of IU Northwest, 3400 Broadway, Gary, IN 46408, telephone (219)980-7110.

Army ROTC Curriculum: Basic Course

The Basic Course takes place during your first two years in college as elective courses. It normally involves one elective class and lab each semester along with the requisite physical training and field training exercises. You will learn basic military skills, the fundamentals of leadership and start the groundwork toward becoming an Army leader. You can take Army ROTC Basic Courses without a military commitment. Electives classes include:

  • Military Science 101: Leadership and Personal Development
  • Military Science 102: Foundations in Leadership
  • Military Science 201: Fundamentals of Leadership, Organization and Planning
  • Military Science 202: Leadership in a Changing Environment

Leader’s Training Course

LTC is four weeks of intense classroom and field training held in the summer at Fort Knox, KY. This course is an accelerated version of the two years of leadership development training Cadets receive in the Basic Course. By transforming yourself through this rigorous training, you will qualify for enrollment in the Army ROTC Advanced Course on campus-provided you have two years of college remaining (undergraduate or graduate).

Army ROTC Advanced Course

The Advanced Course takes place during your last two years in college as elective courses. It normally includes one elective class and lab each semester in addition to the requisite physical training and field training exercises, plus a summer leadership camp. You will learn advanced military tactics and gain experience in team organization, planning and decision-making. To benefit from the leadership training in the Advanced Course, all Cadets must have completed either the Basic Course or have attended the Leader's Training Course. Entering the Advanced Course requires a commitment to serve as an Officer in the U.S. Army after you graduate. Electives classes include:

  • Military Science 301:  Organizational Leaders
  • Military Science 302:  Military Operations and Tactics
  • Military Science 401:  Developing Adaptive Leaders
  • Military Science 402:  Leadership in a Complex World

Leader Development & Assessment Course

Every Army ROTC Cadet who enters into the Advanced Course attends the Leader Development and Assessment Course. It's a five-week summer course to evaluate and train all Army ROTC Cadets. This course normally takes place between your junior and senior years of college, and is conducted at Fort Lewis, Washington.

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